I took a few moments on Saturday to view the gathering in Pennsylvania Park and listen to the speakers. The depth of sincerity displayed on the faces of those in attendance was impressive and the passionate opposition to the Bush/Cheney/Big Oil cabal was evident in the slogans on the signs carried by many of the marchers.
It is comforting to know that there are people in this community who are so dedicated to stopping the proposed war for oil that they are willing to take time out of their busy schedules and drive into town to make their voices heard.
Bill Mayer Petoskey
Protect the Peninsula
To the residents of Old Mission Peninsula: how important is the qualit of life you now enjoy? Do you think it just happens and will always be there? Peninsula families have been actively working since the late 1800s to protect it. A lack of caring or a lack of showing your support is all that it will take to lose what has been protected for all these years.
Let us not be known as the generation that was responsible for losing that quality of life, but rather, the generation that helped save it forever. Please vote yes on Peninsula Township Proposal 2 Purchase of Development Rights.
Mark Nadolski President, Protect the Peninsula
It is amazing how the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners can spend valuable time discussing the $19,000 (Enterprise, Oct. 10) dues to the Michigan Association of Counties and only a few minutes to shell out $14 million, including bond interest, for a jail eight miles from the courthouse. To top it off, they approved $50,000 for the administrator to use, if needed, to keep this oversized jail project on track.
The MAC dues are peanuts to the millions the board is spending on the facilities without a vote. First, we have the oversized jail on 43 acres when only six acres are needed. Next, there is the rebuilt courthouse that will cost $10 million with bond interest. Then, we have to add the million dollar building being talked about at Lake Leelanau for the offices there now. Overall, we are talking $25 million, not counting the $858,000 already spent on land, studies, surveys, legal and drawings. If it goes as the board directs, we will have county offices in three location in the second smallest county in the state.
Taxpayers never have had a complete plan, cost data, a public hearing or vote. The board ought to remember that
Wexford voters turned down a jail project miles from the courthouse. Recently, Northwest Airlines announced plans to consolidate aircraft maintenance facilities to save millions and cut 1,450 employee. To no avail, two highly qualified individuals told the board that $5 million could be saved if they consolidated the county facilities at one location.
Counties throughout the state are cutting expenses to relieve the burden on taxpayers. Yet, none of these facts seem to phase the commissioners except one. It is evident, their personal desires take precedence over what is best for the county, taxpayers and residents. I urge you all to let your views be known before it is too late. Otherwise, you‘ll pay for years to come.
Bernard U. Glettler Maple City
The peace advocacy group of Michigan‘s Grand Traverse District United Methodist Churches has called on President Bush to avert war with Iraq. The group has asked that his attention be directed, rather, to disarming Iraq through full diplomatic participation in the United Nations, to pursuing international terrorism, and to our nation‘s domestic agenda.
The district‘s Swords into Plowshares Peace Center Board, has also urged our two senators and our member of the House of Representatives to pressure the administration not to make war with Iraq.
The case against war with Iraq is well known. The economic sanctions have taken their yearly, deadly toll. War on Iraq would kill many in the U. S. military, and collateral damage would kill countless Iraqi civilians; would destabilize the Middle East and beyond; would undermine U.S. efforts to pursue terrorism; would defy international law and morality, would destroy the United Nations; and would cost many billions of dollars.
Avert war! Lift the sanctions... Return U.N. weaponsinspectors... Endorse and employ the permanent International Criminal Court to charge and try Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity... Reinstate and expand arms control treaties to reduce/eliminate nuclear weapons... Participate in mutual decision-making in the community of nations... Promote peace-keeping in areas of conflict throughout the world... Fulfill U. S. obligations to the U.N.... Effectively use official and public diplomacy... Attack world-wide poverty and disease...
WAGE PEACE -- Replace the law of force with the force of law.
We add our voices to the millions at home and abroad who have called, and will call, our government to avert war with Iraq.
Fred Linsell Traverse City